Halloween: The Ghost of Damaged Teeth

Tuesday, 01 November 2011
It’s November!

Now we got Halloween out of the way time to focus on Christmas coming! But hold your horses, as we need a bit of a reality check. Only last night (and weekend) we had many children running around in mostly scary outfits, knocking on doors for sweets. Some good friends of mine confirmed, this year they had at least two times as many kids nagging for sweets than last year. It could mean two things. The population is growing rapidly. Or the recession encourages activities like this. Well, we didn’t have any “trick or treaters” and we wouldn’t open the doors to them, as I firmly believe sweets are really bad for us… and we haven’t got any kids on our own so no understanding.
Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice all the publicity dentists created about Halloween sweets. This headline in the Daily Mail Dentist’s orders: This Halloween gorge yourself with sweets… as eating them slowly is more damaging for teeth (Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2054203/Dentists-orders-This-Halloween-gorge-sweets–protect-them.html#ixzz1cTuwEAv8).

I can see some chubby kid waffling down masses of candies, just because of reading this headline… OK, I can see the logic behind it  all, how eating them slowly would increase the acid and the bad bacteria would have a ball with the carbs in your mouth, a painful one, as the enamel would get damaged and you would be in pain. Conclusion: if you absolutely must satisfy your children’s urges of eating sweets, make them do it quickly… I think just brush your teeth after eating them! So before Christmas, please dedicate some time for the oral wellbeing of your family and yourself, as prevention is always better than cure.

Especially with the current dental prices, unless you travel to Hungary for more affordable private dental treatments.

Halloween: The Ghost of Damaged Teeth
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